As Arsenal continues its search for the player who will come in for the defensive midfield position; reports have revealed that William Carvalho was the subject of a 30 million euros bid that was rejected by Sporting Lisbon on the grounds that the pattern of payment does not appeal to them. As negotiations continue for the Portuguese defensive midfielder, this articles takes a look at five things there is to know about the Sporting Lisbon player
1. He is Angolan-Portuguese
Like several players before him who were born in Africa, but move to Europe at a young age, just like the great Eusebio who was born in Mozambique, but relocated to Portugal, and the rest was history. William was born in the capital of Angola, Luanda on the 7th of April 1992 (22years) He moved to Portugal with his family at a very young age. And his being a footballer did not happen incidentally as football runs in the Carvalho family. His grandfather and uncle were professional footballers that plied their trade in the Angolan football league
2. 2013/2014 was his breakthrough season.
He was initially in the fringes of the Sporting Lisbon team, having been sent on loan in that two previous seasons. He spent the 2012/2013 season in the Jupiler league in Belgium with Cercle Brugge. He was recalled to Portugal last season, where he ended up making a total of 30 appearances and tagged as the best emerging talent from Portugal
3. Rejected Benfica at a Tender age.
William Carvalho was spotted by Benfica scouts at a youth tournament, when he was 13 years old. On the basis of his performance at a competition that the age grade was two years younger that he is. He however rejected the advances of Benfica choosing instead to wait for Sporting Lisbon as he has been a childhood supporter of the other Lisbon club.
4. Key to Portugal’s World Cup qualification
Many observers will link Portugal’s qualification for the just concluded World Cup in Brazil to the heroics of Cristano Ronaldo, whose four goals in the playoff against Sweden ensured his country qualified. But it was not all plain sailing. It took William Carvalho’s contribution from the bench when the Swedes turned the tie around at two to one, to stem the tide of the Swedes, before Ronaldo added a further two goals to pull Portugal through. But he was the unsung hero in the background
5. Has a 45 Million Euros Clause in Contract
As is the trend in the Iberia peninsula, clauses are usually inserted into player’s contract because of league rules in Portugal. In William Carvalho’s case he has a release clause of 45 million euros on his contract.